December 7, 2009

Another Booth editor leaving

 The pressure is on as one more newspaper editor in Michigan's Advance Publications family ends her career.

Eileen Lehnert, edtior of the Jackson Citizen Patriot,announced she's leaving at the end the end of December.. That's led to a reshuffling of assignments with:
  • Publisher Sandy Petykiewicz also becoming editor and directing the newsroom’s strategic efforts.She was editor before becoming publisher (1987-1999).
  • Sara Scott, now day editor, moving into associate editor for content and responsible for the day-to-day news gathering and content generation 
  • Jerry Sova, now web/news editor, becoming an associate editor for online and print production.
 That leaves Rebecca Pierce, editor of the Kalamazo Gazette, as the only Booth Newspaper editor in the same job throughout 2009. Back in May in a post on Mike Lloyd ending his career at the Grand Rapids Press, I counted three of eight editors unchanged. But Paul Keep took Mike/s spot, leaving the Muskegon Chronicle. A new editor was named.
Ann Arbor News editor Ed Petykiewicz, 57,  announced his retirement in late March, just before we learned the Ann Arbor News would close in July.

John Foren, who became Flint Journal editor on Jan. 13, 2009, and Paul Chaffee,, publisher/editor of The Saginaw News, left this summer when Advance changed the structure and publishing schedule of those two newspapers and The Bay City Times. The Bay City Times editor, John Hiner, 48, stepped into an executive editor role, overseeing the Journal, News and Times.


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